Ultimate guide to Hair Dryers – How to use a Blow Dryer
Using this important hair tool can make you an expert in hair styling. Using it wrong, could leave your hair brittle and heavily damaged.
So what’s the big deal? Why are some hair dryers so expensive compared to others? Isn’t it just air blowing into your hair? Yes, and no.
I’m not spending $100 on a hair dryer
I understand that and honestly It would be hard for me too. However, the quality of hair dryer actually goes up when you spend more.
I’m not trying to tell you to go out and buy a $100+ hair dryer. I’m telling you that there are qualities that more expensive hair dryers have that inexpensive ones don’t.
Expensive hair dryers tend to have more features and difference in specifics like: wattage, speed, safety and how efficient it blows heat.
Hot N’ Cold
It can get more complex than just hot air and cold hair. With $20 hair dryers you’re only getting two settings. Each brand does this differently – hot and warm, 1 and 2, etc..
With cheaper hair dryers you don’t get the many levels of heat and sometimes you don’t even have the option to have cold air.
Why is this important? Well styling your hair with a hair dryer works in that you’re shaping your hair by blowing hot air onto it making it easier to shape. You would then want cold air to lock it all in place.
Having different levels of heat can be beneficially because you can control the severity of the heat. When you only have the option of hot you could be damaging your hair if you’re not using a heat protectant product.
What are watts? they are basically the unit of measurement for power. Meaning the more watts you have on your hair dryer, the more powerful it is.
That way, you can blow dry your hair faster with a more powerful hair dryer. More expensive hair dryers tend to have more wattage in them.
Ceramic vs Ionic or both?
What does this mean? It’s basically the materials used in the hair dryer itself.
- A Ceramic hair dryer disperses heat more evenly at once.
- An Ionic hair dryer blows negatively charged ions onto your hair. Entering your hair and breaking your water molecules down, making it easier to evaporate quicker.
Some hair dryers even have both Ceramic and Ionic built in.
Which one is better for you?
Honestly they’re both similar in prices. In terms of how they’re used, if you’re looking to dry your hair quicker but at a lower temperature I would choose an Ionic hair dryer.
With Ceramic, it’s an all around hair dryer. It senses the temperature in the room and initially blows out really hot hair, and then gradually goes down to a warmer temperature.
So it’s ultimately up to you to choose which hair dryer would suit you. Here’s a video to show you even more about hair dryers.